"Hats off—an original!"
Ann Arbor Observer
Songwriter Haley Heynderickx grew up in a religious household, closely identifying with her Filipino roots, but also straddling multiple cultural identities. Now she lives in Portland, and her faith is not overt, but her introspection and continued struggle for selfactualization are easily accessible and relatable. The tracks on her debut album, "I Need to Start a Garden," reflect seemingly disparate elements. Through soft acoustic guitar picking and deftly accented trombone sighs, Haley’s music immediately recalls the folk scene of the '60s and '70s, mixed with a love of jazz radio. But her singing—her vocals that range from sultry to operatic—reveals a tenacity in her soul. Her songwriting is entirely in a category by itself. Haley opened for Ani DiFranco at the 2018 Ann Arbor Summer Festival, came back for a memorable show at The Ark, and made her Folk Festival debut (and lots of new fans) in January.